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Are OId Shoes Recyclable?

can you recycle old shoes

Sometimes.  Some old shoes ARE recyclable, especially athletic shoes.

The most prominent shoe recycling program is offered through the Nike Corporation. Their Reuse-a-Shoe program turns worn-out shoes into "Nike Grind," a material used for playground and athletic surfaces.  Find a drop off location here. You can also check out the Recycled Runners directory of shoe recycling programs.

Before you send your shoes to be melted down and repurposed, consider finding a new home for them.  Most thrift stores, including the Goodwill and Salvation Army, will accept most used shoes and resell them.  You may also consider donating them to a homeless shelter. Souls 4 Souls, a non-profit, collects shoes and distributes them to those in need around the world.